Yoga and Aging: Practices For Older Bodies And Minds

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Thursday 4/15/2021 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday 4/22/2021 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday 4/29/2021 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

$260.00 Yoga and Aging: Practices For Older Bodies And Minds

This 6-week series is for those who are experiencing the physical and mental changes that come with growing older and want to use their yoga practice to help them navigate this path with wisdom, grace and ease. Students will explore the question, Which yoga practices best support my particular needs as someone who is traveling deeper into an aging body and mind?  Yoga practices are highly adaptable, and with some attention and creativity, can be tailored to respond to the unique changes happening in each of our physical, mental and spiritual bodies. The practices that we will explore include:

• Asana for strength, flexibility, balance and agility as keys to mobility, ease in functional movement and being able to stay engaged in our lives as long as possible

• Pranayama to explore and support the breath as the seat and source of all movement and ease

• Novelty in practice to support cognitive functioning and neuroplasticity

• Meditation and contemplation on the heart of yoga philosophy to strengthen our wisdom body

Space is limited to 25 students. This series will be offered on Zoom. It will not be recorded, so be sure to join us for the live sessions! The $260 fee covers the 6-week series. The co-op member fee is $240. Not a member? Learn more and join today.  

Mercedes Santos

Mercedes Santos began practicing yoga 30 years ago and has been teaching for 15. Mercedes teaches Hatha yoga that is primarily a blend of Iyengar and Classical Ashtanga styles, spiced up with some Vinyasa (flow). She teaches in a way that helps to keep an ever present awareness of the breath in the practice.

Mercedes is committed to teaching yoga that is accessible to every body. She especially enjoys teaching older students, and has developed programs for a variety of age-related needs. Mercedes uses her knowledge of anatomy and therapeutics to help students practice with discernment and interoception.

Mercedes also enjoys teaching the physical practice (asanas) as a pathway to concentration and meditation. She encourages students to explore how their body, breath and mind work together to cultivate a focused awareness that leads to the release of muscle tension and psychological resistance.

What to expect in class In Mercedes’s classes

Students can expect to move their entire bodies through a range of motion with a focus on balancing and harmonizing the physical and mental energies. Her instructions, which include the use of props and options for modifications, are clear and detailed, with an emphasis on proper alignment and nuanced body/breath awareness. Mercedes’s classes have a feeling of “flow” as she teaches with an emphasis on directing the breath to create smooth transitions and a steady deepening into the poses. In her classes, students often experience greater strength, flexibility and peace of mind than they expected.